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# Literature

All time
# novel quiz
Can You Fill In The Words In These Literary Sex Scenes?
How well do you know bad sex writing? Test yourself.
# long gaze back
Here's why Ireland's women writers aren't being ignored anymore
We speak to the editor of a new anthology, broadcaster and journalist Sinéad Gleeson.
# verdict is in
Harper Lee's long-lost novel has arrived - here's what we think of the first chapter
There’s an exclusive extract on line today.
# IMPAC Award
Jim Crace interview: "I'm an un-tortured writer and that isn’t very sexy"
That hasn’t stopped the British writer from scooping one of the world’s top literary prizes.
# hay festival
The 'Woodstock of the mind' is visiting Ireland next week
And Marian Keyes will be there.
# IMPAC Award
This book is the best you'll find in a library right now worldwide
The winner of this prestigious award is €100,000 richer.
# Criticism
Sinn Féin defends leaflet amid accusations of 'blatant sectarianism'
A leaflet for Gerry Kelly contains census figures showing more Catholics than Protestants in North Belfast.
# Samuel Beckett
Paris audience in "group hallucination" at the work of one of Ireland's literary giants
Beckett’s ‘Not I’ is an eight minute breathless monologue.
Voices
My favourite female characters are warm, wilful and – above all – flawed
The push for strong female characters literature is great, but let’s remember that ‘strong’ doesn’t mean ‘perfect’.
Voices
Column: 6 highly influential people share their favourite books
Got a new e-book? Start downloading these gems…
# one hundred grand
Five Irish authors are up for the world's most valuable book prize
The award is run by Dublin City Council and is specific to English language publications – although it includes translations.
# saints and scholars
Arts Council announce nominees for new Irish fiction laureate award
The winner will receive €150,000 over three years and is set to be announced in January next year.
# congrats are in order
A book about a prisoner-of-war camp won the Booker Prize last night
Richard Flanagan is the third Australian to win the prestigious award.
# Books
French writer Patrick Modiano has won the Nobel Prize for Literature
The award is the biggest prize in literature and is worth €877,000.
# RIP
Seamus Heaney honoured with 'Poetry House' in hometown of Bellaghy
The event was supported by his family.
# Sheridan Le Fanu
The Irish author of Uncle Silas was honoured with a Google Doodle today
Sheridan Le Fanu was born in Dominick Street in Dublin 200 years ago today.
# wordy competitors
Two Irish novelists have been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
So was Englishman David Mitchell, who lives in Co Cork.
# rated R
Here are the 'pro-gay' kids books Singapore is clamping down on
A penguin with two dads, children adopted from China, and an American favourite.
Voices
Short Story: Whalesong
The third prize winner of the RTÉ Radio Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2014.
Voices
Short Story: The Chamber Pot
The second prize winner of the RTÉ Radio Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2014.
Voices
Short Story: The Oyster Catchers
The winner of the RTÉ Radio Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2014.
# bookworms
The 10 best books of the year (so far), according to Amazon
A ready-to-go shopping list.
# Bloomsday
11 people who haven't read Ulysses either
It’s on the bookshelf but…
# Ulysses
Bloomsday breakfasts, walks, talks and music celebrate Joyce's iconic work
Events have been taking place all week to commemorate Joyce’s most iconic work.
Voices
Extract: Dubliners 100, a modern re-telling of Joyce's tales of life in the capital
Fifteen Irish writers have contributed to a modern re-telling of James Joyce’s classic short story collection, Dubliners, to mark the centenary of its publication.
# Congrats
Irish author Eimear McBride wins £30,000 Baileys Prize for her debut novel
She spent more than a decade trying to get it published – and now it’s won one of the biggest prizes in literature.
# tilting at windmills
Radars used to hunt for remains of Don Quixote author
Miguel de Cervantes died in poverty on 22 April, 1616.
# RIP
Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Prize-winning writer, has died
The Colombian writer was 87.
# Twitfiction
Meet the Kerry author chosen to take part in Twitter's literary festival
The Twitter Fiction Festival has 52 authors telling their own original stories within the restrictions of 140 characters.
Voices
Column: What is Fan Fiction – and why is it making people nervous?
It has become an internet sensation over the last decade, but not all is as it seems in the world of Fan Fiction, writes Stephen Downes.
Voices
Column: It’s time to break down the barriers around poetry
Can’t we get more from our vast historic and modern wellspring of poetry? We are, after all, the nation that has reputedly more poets per square mile than any other in the world, writes Stephen Downes.
# ship has sailed
J.K Rowling says that Harry and Hermione should have ended up together
We say NAY.
# Come to Life
'Wearable' book lets you experience characters' emotions while reading
The book and wearable vest uses sensors and can trigger feedback based on the protagonist’s emotional or physical state.
# what to watch
Here's what you'll be reading, watching and listening to in 2014
Looking for new books, music, films and TV shows this year? We’ve got you covered.
Voices
Extract: Colm McCann on Dublin, Ulysses and friendship
“The book that I return to, when I return to Ireland, is always Ulysses… Death takes away a lot of things, but it can’t ever take away our stories.”
# congrats are in order
John Banville to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Irish Book Awards
The Booker Prize winner will join the ranks of previous winners John McGahern, Seamus Heaney and Edna O’Brien.
# Books
Roddy Doyle, Eamon Dunphy and Claudia Carroll among book of the year nominees
The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards nominations feature a number of recognisable names.
# Literature
Irish author Colum McCann’s moving ode to Robbie Keane
The Dubliner’s work featured on the latest episode of MLS Insider.
# Nobel Prize
Alice Munro declines Nobel awards invite due to poor health
The winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature is due to pick up a prize of US $1.2 million.
# Winning
Eleanor Catton becomes the youngest ever winner of the Booker Prize
The 28-year-old New Zealander won the fiction award for her 832-page murder mystery The Luminaries.